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horqueta (slingshot)
  • Mexico
  • horqueta (slingshot), 1989
  • Where object was made: Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • plastic, rubber, leather, metal, string
  • Object Length/Width: 14.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 5 11/16 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Robert J. Smith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5286

The slingshot has a "Y" shaped red plastic handle. The grey rubber straps were once attached with string, which is still in place. The brown leather strap between the rubber strips has metal grommets with the ends of the grey rubber straps still intact though the straps themselves are broken.

It was used by men and boys for hunting small animals like birds, rabbits, or snakes.